McEachran was sent on five separate loan deals before permanently joining Brentford in 2015, for whom he would go on to make over 100 appearances in all competitions.
Still just 27, McEachran now plys his trade for fellow Championship club Birmingham but has failed to reach the heights expected from his time in the Chelsea youth academy.
Poyet is keen for Gilmour to avoid the same pitfalls, although the shift towards nurturing youth talent under Frank Lampard is sure to give the youngster more of a chance to impress.
Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James have all established themselves in the senior squad this season while Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also youth academy graduates.
While the development of these youngsters has been helped by Chelsea’s transfer ban last summer, there has been a noticeable shift in attitude from the Blues hierarchy concerning home-grown talent – which can only be good news for Gilmour.